Tuesday, December 15, 2020

When a Scotch Egg Is Like an Apple (iPad)

Sometimes an egg can resemble an Apple.

Where are we going? To the new incentives that regulations create.

Regulatory Incentives

Scotch Eggs

A Scotch egg can be hard or soft boiled, baked or deep-fried, surrounded by bread crumbs or a slice of sausage. Sort of like grabbing a sandwich before boarding a plane, the Scotch egg was created for 18th century coach travelers.

Suddenly now, after years of neglect, it has hit the headlines. The resurgence of the Scotch egg has been caused by coronavirus rules. After ending its lockdown, the U.K. mandated a series of Tier 2 restrictions on bars that could have prevented mass re-openings. Instead bar owners realized that by serving a meal with a drink, they could be in business again. The reasoning from regulators was that the food minimized drunkenness. When people were less tipsy, they were more likely to wear masks and social distance. But the meal had to be “substantial.”

The question though is whether a Scotch egg is sufficiently substantial. Most agree that fish and chips are a meal whereas a “packet of prawn cocktail crisps” is not. Because bars needed a meal that could be served without a kitchen, the Scotch egg idea was hatched and subsequently debated.

Displaying its complexity, a British politician sidesteps the Scotch egg issue:

regulatory incentives

Apple iPads

Like coronavirus restrictions, tariffs also create incentives. For Apple, with new U.S. import taxes and regulatory constraints on Chinese-made electronics and components, Vietnam became more attractive. So Apple asked Foxconn, its China-based iPad and MacBook manufacturer, to open a plant in Vietnam’s Bac Giang province. Satisfying what 24 (or so) industrial parks will need, a six-lane thoroughfare will replace the one lane road that supported a rural region.

Because of regulatory incentives, U.S. imports from Vietnam have ascended:

regulatory incentives Vietnamese imports

Our Bottom Line: Regulatory Incentives

Whether looking at healthcare, trade or countless other activities, government regulations create incentives that have consequences. Like enabling bar crowds, the consequences could be unintended. Or, they could intentionally encourage supply chain diversification.

The one sure thing is that regulations will redirect the markets invisible hand and connect eggs to Apples.

My sources and more: Thanks to Yahoo moviesThe Washington Post, and The Guardian for each adding to the Scotch eggs regulatory story. Then, for the Apple parallels, Reuters and a slew of other media including Bloomberg had the details.

Our featured image is a Scotch egg.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Join us for a Professional Development webinar designed to help educators promote curiosity and question-asking in their students. We will model the use of no-cost izzit.org materials for remote or in-class learning as tools to help students "dig deeper" into subject content and current events, becoming self-directed, lifelong learners.

The webinar will be led by Dean Graziano, J.D., VP of Education at izzit.org with over 25 years in education. He's the recipient of the United States Department of Educations' American Star of Teaching Award and the 2017 State of New Hampshire's Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator of the Year.

Susan Gable, Director of Education at izzit.org, will also take part. Certified to teach in three states, Gable has 10 years of classroom experience. She's a sought-after workshop presenter who's provided workshops for educators, parents, and writers in a wide variety of settings, including the NCSS and AMLE National Conferences.

This event will take place on Zoom. All attendees will be emailed the Zoom link.

DATE: Monday, December 21, 2020

TIME: 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET


Register HERE

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

izzit really happening? The last day? – Civics with Dean – Blog 7


I knew the day was coming - the last day of the quarter and my final izzit Civics class. We had prepared for this class the week before with reviewing what barter means [utilizing the Teachable Moment, "Barter & Entrepreneurship"]. In addition, we discussed how people “vote with their wallets”, and focused on "Consumer Choices Drive Price, Supply & Demand "[another izzit.org Teachable Moment].


With a brief explanation of  restricted trade versus open trade, we began the simulation game Win-Win, found in izzit.org's Educational Videos. Win-Win is a classroom trading game that gets every student involved. Through the experience of actually trading items, students learn important lessons about economics and trade. The real-life dimension of the game (that students get to keep traded items) engages them in a way few classroom exercises can match. [Pease see pictures]


After the allotted time to trade was up, the class discussed their experiences. Some traded to monopolize a particular item (candy), thus allowing them to clearly trade for what they really wanted. Others were willing to trade multiple items for the one they really sought, thus securing what they perceived to be a value. Finally, others chimed in that they saw the restricted trade first a hurdle in seeking what they wanted in a limited “pool” of items, but pointed out everyone was better off from trading and all ended in a Win-Win outcome.


As class was coming to an end, the final assignment was their post-assessment. In September, 13 students took the pre-assessment and 6/13 passed with an 80% or better [my standard for mastery]. This resulted in a 46% pass rate with no classroom instruction. On the post-test, 11 students took the test, and 8/11 passed, or 73% pass rate with 80% considered mastery. Some  questions and answers included:



1. Why are property rights important?

A - Private property is necessary for a functioning capitalist economy.

B - When you control your property, nobody can like the city in CT.


2. Name 2 rights in the first Amendment and why important?

A - Freedom of religion and freedom of the press - they are granted to us in the Constitution so government cannot dictate what we read and how we choose to worship.

B - Freedom of speech and press - The right to practice any religion YOU want without being told. Same with press, print without interference from government.


Overall, I am extremely fortunate to be back in the classroom utilizing ONLY izzit.org materials and 25 years of award-winning strategies. The students taught me a few lessons as well - in a Covid-19 school setting, students are still relying more on digging deeper via research and exploration, critical-thinking skills, and seeing relevance in their learning to real-world applications.